The Senate on Thursday resolved to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to brief a joint sitting of the National Assembly on the killings in different parts of the Federation. The Senate resolutions came a day after the House of Representatives took a similar decision. Debate on the matter followed a motion tabled by Senator George Akume on the “Continued Killings In Benue”.
Akume said the “killings, maiming and wanton destruction in Benue state, particularly Benue north senatorial district comprising seven local governments” has gone on unchecked. He described the killing in a Catholic Church of two priests, a catechist, and 17 worshippers as “unprecedented in Benue”.
Senator Akume further warned that the incident “has grave implications for the security and unity” of Nigeria, adding that “there is a monumental refugee situation in Benue now estimated at over 200,000”.
Contributing, Senator Isah Mishau said it was time the security chiefs were replaced for gross ineptitude. Our security chiefs are short of ideas on how to stop these killings”.
Also, Senator Jeremiah Useni in his contribution said the security chiefs must wake up to their responsibilities as “anyone found doing otherwise should be dismissed.”
Capping the debate, Senate President Bukola Saraki said the killings had taken a “dimension” that could plunge the country into “a serious crisis”
“It means that we need drastic action”, Saraki said.
He added: ”It is clear that if we do not do something it will take a coloration that might create further crisis in this country. That is why there is need for Mr. President to come and address the two chambers.
”I will meet with the Speaker to look at that as soon as possible. We hope that with that opportunity we will also be able to better advise if there is need for State of Emergency to be declared in those states.”